Release Date: 3rd October 2011
Directed by: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Starring: (Vocals of) Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson and Richard White
Running time: 84mins
‘Be our guest’, well that’s certainly the feeling that engulfs you when you sit down and watch Beauty and the Beast 3D. The romance between Beast and Beauty has been rekindled and transformed back into what we know and love, it’s amazing what a little 3D and high definition can do.
Having only seeing Beauty and the Beast a few times on the smaller screen and in less high definition, the film was already sold to me for being one of Disney’s best love stories, so I knew before I went in that I would love this picture. I didn’t know that I would see so many new things, nothing major or hidden, just characters faces, backgrounds that you don’t really see in 2D. It felt like I was watching a new film.
On the 3D side, it was cleverly done, you could see the layers and the backgrounds fitting very well, and I was waiting for scene when Belle and the Beast start the famous dance in the great hall, because that scene was made for 3D. Considering that back in 1991 the film was initially made with primitive 3D technology (it was ground-breaking at the time) it’s not all that suprising. The computer generated chandelier slowly came out of the screen, as we got closer to the characters dancing, it is epic.
All of the sing-a-long songs that we know and love came to life and made you feel like part of the film, its funny how easily you remember the lyrics to Disney songs isn’t it? There was one random part of the film, that did make me question this new special edition though, a weird new song that took place with all the objects of the castle singing and dancing about being human again – it was a little weird and not wanted at all, it wasn’t the kind of thing that could slip into a film, and slowly slip back out. Not good.
I’m really not a fan of 3D, but if they take something like Beauty and the Beast and give it that extra something again, then I may seriously be converted. Making it feel like a new film, and one that still gets you excited over it, Disney have been very clever and done exactly what they needed to do.